The Star (Jamaica)
Positivity key to Megan Tapper’s success
According to Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper, the key to maintaining your happiness is to carefully curate your space.
“I am very serious about curating my space so I ensure that I follow positivity and light and happiness,” she said. Tapper even sets up her social media accounts so that negative issues do not reach her.
“I make sure I don’t see negativity on my timeline. People will be upset on Twitter a lot; I see people cursing about things on Twitter and I literally don’t see it. I have to go out of my way to find what they’re upset about or whoever is doing what. I am very intentional about curating my space and ensuring that I live in positivity,” she said. The 27-year-old 100m hurdler has made a name for herself after the Tokyo Olympics as one of Jamaica’s biggest and brightest personalities. After becoming the first Jamaican woman to medal in the event, social media users began showering the athlete with love and adoration.
The University of the Technology Jamaica alumna says she was overcome with gratitude after seeing the support from her home country, especially as persons began using her image on their profile pictures.
“That was crazy!” she said. “I’m scrolling and I’m seeing my picture and I’m seeing other people’s name and I’m like, what’s happening here? But then it wasn’t just one and two, it was a thing!” Hugging herself, she continued, “That gave me a very warm and really grateful feeling in spirit. To be acknowledged in that way, I really appreciate that.” Standing at 5’1”, Tapper says she isn’t worried about people underestimating her. “I don’t need to care about what other people think and their expectations of me. I have people around me who I know want the same goal that I want and that all that’s important. You need that support system that’s walking in the same direction, that has the same goal, that has the same direction as you. And you just ensure that you always checking that you going in the same direction and you want the same things,” she said.
Tapper said that she will continue to be authentic with both her actions and her spirit. “I love people with pure energy. I am always giving people that compliment so I really appreciate it when people tell me my energy is pure. I’m so grateful for that,” she said.
Tapper is looking forward to Diamond League meets in Paris and Brussels. She hopes to make the finals in Zurich, Switzerland. She is also working on other projects like her YouTube channel with her husband Mathue.